Ending much debate, speculation and out-and-out guess work the Nokia Lumia 800 has been unveiled at Nokia World here in London.
The Nokia Lumia 800 (the phone previously known as Sea Ray) looks like a class act. The distinctly Nokia styling of the handset may seem familiar as it is basically a tweaked N9 – but that’s no bad thing.
Under the hood is a 1.4GHz processor which purrs along using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 Mango as operating system of choice.
The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED display which utilises Nokia’s ClearBack technology – this improves viewing the screen outdoors. 3.7-inches may not sound that impressive (stop giggling at the back!) but, just like the iPhone, the Lumia 800 is designed to be operated single-handed. You must know the old addage: “Any more than a handful is a waste” 😉
The screen is the first difference you might notice between the Lumia 800 and the N9. The screen is a whole 0.2-inches smaller on the 800. That’s down to the three capacitive hardware buttons that all Windows Phone 7 devices have to have. That doesn’t prevent the lovely AMOLED display from kicking out some vibrant colours though. The 800 x 480 resolution packs in a impressive 252 pixels per inch. The iPhone 4S squeezes in 326.
Nokia has been renowned for its smartphone cameras for quite sometime. My friend still produces great results from the N95 he bought from me years ago. The Nokia Lumia 800 has a very fine 8MP snapper that comes equipped with autofocus and an F2.2 Carl Zeiss lens. It will happily capture 720p video.
It’s What’s Inside that Counts
The Nokia Lumia 800 is loaded with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. Yes, it’s single-core but before you start mocking its single status you’d be wise to keep in mind that Windows Phone 7.5 is the newest OS on the scene and has been built to rock on this kind of playground. Videos, 3D games, multitasking and general navigation all run sweet on this OS, even on updated first generation Windows Phone devices that are packing 1GHz processors. I’d expect the Lumia 800 to slip through these tasks like a hot knife.
The Lumia 800 has 16GB of space for your tunes, vids, pics and stuff. That’s hooked up to the standard 512MB of RAM – or “programme memory” as Nokia would have it.
If you know the vitals of the N9 then you can stop right here. For the rest of you, the Nokia Lumia 800 measures 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm but, thanks to the beefier chip (probably), tips the scales a bit further at 142 grams.
Man, go Soft
That’s some pretty decent hardware up above but it is the software which is the real change for Nokia. This is bye-bye Symbian and huge hugs for Windows Phone 7 mobile. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on the very new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, which seems to be winning plenty many fans.
Nokia Drive – as well as the impressive Windows Phone 7.5 features and apps Nokia is slipping you Nokia Drive. This Sat Nav app hands the Lumia 800 bragging rights to being the only windows phone device with free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation.
Nokia Music – Is a no sign-up, no subscription service that gives you free themed playlists and streams those full tracks to your Lumia 800. You can even download the playlists for offline listening as well as being able to pin them to the main page and create your own playlists
Time to Pay
Vodafone has already confirmed that it will be stocking the Nokia Lumia 800 in November. You get a choice of black or blue.